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Cuban Dissident Hospitalized after Hunger Strike

El Nuevo Herald, Juan O. Tamayo Posted: Mar 16, 2010

MIAMI--Guillermo Farias, a Cuban dissident who was on a 16-day hunger strike to demand the release of 20 political prisoners in Cuba, was hospitalized yesterday, reported El Nuevo Herald. The daily newspaper said that Farias was transported to the intensive care unit in the Arnaldo Milin Hospital in Santa Clara, were his wife lives.

Farias, 48, a psychologist and independent journalist, had received several visits from doctors early on Thursday who urged him to get a check up. The government has to keep Farias under institutional medical supervision until he quits the hunger strike, said human rights activist Elizardo Snchez Santa Cruz in an interview from Havana.

Farias' protests started a day after the death of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo after a prolonged hunger strike. He has refused to eat and consume any liquids to demand the liberation of 26 prisoners who are allegedly under grave health conditions.

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